As fans anticipate the Caltex Socceroos’ match with Greece in the upcoming Dodoni Series, former Socceroo star Chris Kalantzis is also awaiting a career marker of his own. Kalantzis will be a part of a special presentation during half-time at the Sydney game with a cap for his career in the Green and Gold.
Kalantzis is known to many Greek-Australians from his career in both Australia and Greece from the 1980s and 90s as well as from the start of his career with Sydney Olympic in the NSL, as he made his team-debut at the age of 16.
He gained further recognition when he played in Greece, spending five years at both the Panathinaikos and Olympiakos clubs.
“It’s such an honor and very big for me…I left here when I was very young and having a Greek background and playing there for 10 years, to be back here and for this to happen now is big for me,” Kalantzis told www.socceroos.com.au
After returning to Sydney Olympic in 1997 to finish his career in the NSL, Kalantzis remains very much involved with the game, coaching the under-18 team at Dunbar.
He looks forward to the presentation adding, “A lot of Greeks are prepared to go to the game as well as they love their football so it will be a special night.”